RANDALL COBB, WIDE RECEIVER, KICK / PUNT RETURNER

Season stats: 17 games (15 regular season, two postseason), team-high 954 receiving yards, team-high 80 catches, team-high 104 targets, eight receiving touchdowns, team-worst 11 dropped passes, team-best 16 forced missed tackles; 25.37-yard kick return average, zero touchdowns; 9.42-yard punt return average, one touchdown

Best game: Week 7 win at St. Louis (eight targets, eight catches, 89 yards, two touchdowns; one rush, 19 yards; 2.5 PFF offensive rating; one kick return, 23 yards; one punt return, 15 yards)

Worst game: Week 3 loss at Seattle (two targets, one catch, one drop, minus-1 yard receiving; one rush, 20 yards; minus-1.0 PFF offensive rating; one muffed punt; three punt returns, 12 yards; one kick return, 23 yards)

ProFootballFocus.com season rating: 13.0 on offense (third-best on Packers; best among Green Bay wide receivers; No. 11 out of 105 NFL receivers); 4.2 on special teams (No. 20 out of 40 NFL kick / punt returners)

Expectations at the start of the season: Medium

Expectations were ... Exceeded

Looking live: Where would the Packers have been this season offensively without Cobb? Cobb had a small impact in his rookie season in 2011, and it seemed like coach Mike McCarthy didn't quite know how to best use him in the offense in training camp this season. In the first four weeks of the regular season, Cobb wasn't on the field often, standing on the sideline for at least half the plays in those games. Despite the somewhat limited opportunities, he still caught nine passes in Week 1 and seven passes in Week 4. At that point, it became obvious to McCarthy that it didn't matter where he put Cobb as long as the young, dynamic playmaker was lined up somewhere. Cobb played in at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in every game after that. With the exception of Week 17, Cobb stayed healthy all season and became Rodgers' go-to receiver in the process, leading the team in targets, catches and yards. On special teams, he wasn't as good in the return game this season as he was a year ago. His averages dropped and his only touchdown was one that the replacement referees should not have allowed given an obvious block in the back by Green Bay that wasn't called.